Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalandars

By: News Desk      Published: 10:47 PM, 13 Jun, 2021
Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalandars

Islamabad United beat Lahore Qalandars in match number 20 of the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Sunday.

Islamabad United had set a 153-run target as they chose to bat first. Lahore Qalandars were cruising to victory when Sohail Akhtar and Fakhar Zaman opened the innings scorign 55/0. But Fawad Ahmed bowled the Qalandars captain for 34.

Zeeshan Ashraf too followed the skipper during a mix up between him and Zaman, leaving the pitch at 58/2. Then a double-wicket over by Mohammad Musa started to turn the tide in favour of Islamabad.

Musa, in the 11th over, dismissed Mohammad Hafeez and Ben Dunk within two runs to bring his side back in the game. Mohammad Hafeez was caught at point by Hussain Talat and Ben Dunk was dismissed after he edged a ball to the wicketkeeper. Musa was asked bowl the 13th over, he took the crucial wicket of Zaman. The opener was caught when he tried to hit for a six at third man. After Musa, Shadab bowled the 14th over and took wickets of Tim David and Rashid Khan to expose Lahore's tail.

In 14th over, Shaheen Shah Afridi and James Faulkner were sent back to the pavilion. The dismissals put Lahore at 100/9 at the end of the 15th over. Islamabad United won takign Lahore Qalandars' last wicket at the second ball of the 18th over. 

Earlier, a record-breaking 123-run partnership between Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed took Islamabad United from 20/5 to 152/7. Shadab was hoping that his openers would give his team a flying start when he chose to bat first but the Lahore bowlers did not allow them to get away in the powerplay.

 Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Usman Khawaja with the third ball of the match. The United opener was hoping to flick the ball towards midwicket but instead, he edged the ball to Qalandars wicketkeeper Ben Dunk. James Faulkner took the wickets of Rohail Nazir, Colin Munro and Hussain Talat to put Islamabad at 20/4 at the end of the powerplay.

After Shaheen and Faulkner's magic with the ball, Haris Rauf decided to join the party. Rauf took the wicket of Shadab to push United at 20/5. Despite the loss of five wickets, Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed took it upon themselves to lead United's batting. A quick-fire fifty by Asif along with Ahmed's support pushed United past 143 runs.

The two in the innings also made the record for the highest sixth-wicket partnership in PSL history. The two had a partnership of 123 runs before Asif got himself hit wicket in the 18th over. The batsman was dismissed for 75.

Ahmed missed out on his half-century by a run after he was caught by Rashid Khan at long-off from the second last ball of the innings. Faulkner ended with three wickets, while Shaheen and Rauf took two wickets each.